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MARQUETTE, Mich. - The 101st meeting ofthe U.P. hockey rivals, Northern Michigan University (3-0) of the CCHA and Michigan Tech University(0-1) of the WCHA will be a memorable one as the Wildcats won a thriller inovertime at the Berry Event Center on Friday night.  Not only will this win score a spot in thehistory books, but it will also mark the start of the Ramada Cup Series for the2003-04 season.  The Wildcats defeatedthe Huskies 4-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 3,902.


The Huskies jumped out to a quick lead, with Chris Connorscoring one of his three goals at 5:02of the first period.  NMUâ€Ã‚™s Alan Swansonanswered back at 6:26 with his firstgoal of the season to tie the game at one-all. The goal was assisted by Dave Bonk and Justin Kinnunen.  To end the first period Dirk Southern scoreda short-handed goal for his second goal of the season at 17:25.  Swanson wasgiven credit for the helper. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 


The second period saw the Huskies tie the game (2-2) on Connorâ€Ã‚™ssecond goal of the night at 3:22 ofthe period.  Ã‚ Colin Murphy assisted onthe goal.


Michigan Tech would take the lead at 3-2 in the third periodat 8:11 as Connor would conclude hishat-trick with an unassisted goal.  TheWildcats would call a time out with less than a minute of play left on theclock to set up for the final push.  Thetimeout helped, as Craig Kowalski was pulled for the extra attacker, NathanOystrick would score his first goal of the season at 19:37 to send the game to overtime.  Darin Olver and Jamie Milam assisted on thegame-tying goal.  Oystrick said, â€Ã‚œWe werejust trying to get the puck deep, put it on the net and see what happened.  Darin Olver made a great play.â€Ã‚


In overtime both teams would come out strong.  The final goal of the game was scored withthe â€Ã‚˜Cats up by two skaters, as Andrew Contois scored the game-winner at 3:48 of the extra period for his second goal ofthe season.  The game-winning goal wasassisted by Oystrick and Southern.  Ã‚ Theovertime goal was the â€Ã‚˜Cats lone goal on the power-play in nine chances on thenight.  The Huskies had five power-playopportunities and could not convert on the night.


Kowalski, now 3-0 on the season, had 30 saves in the win.Bryce Luker, a freshman, was staring his first game for the Huskies kept 27 shotsaway from the goal. 


These two rivals will meet for a second time on Saturday,October 18, at the MacInnes Ice Arena in Houghton, Mich. They play for second game of the Ramada Cup Series will begin at 7:35 p.m.



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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director